A Practical Guide to Winning the War on Terrorism

Thursday, July 29, 2004

In A Practical Guide to Winning the War on Terrorism (Hoover, 2004) Adam Garfinkle, a Hoover research fellow in 2003, has assembled a collection of essays that recommend methods that go beyond the use of force to win the war against terrorism. Garfinkle acknowledges the need for power, but believes "much of what is required to win the war against terrorist recruiting and support cannot usefully be thought of as a spin-off of military efforts." The book provides not only general ideas, but also practical steps on how to defeat terrorism.

In the introduction Garfinkle notes that there are short, mid-, and long- term aspects to bringing about change. He notes that, at each stage, the contributors include in their discussion how to (1) stigmatize civilian murders, (2) prevent the financial support of terrorism, (3) refute anti-American sentiments, and (4) assist in social, economic, and political reform in Muslim countries.

Topics covered range from diplomacy to media and information management to educational and religious aspect of the problem.

Adam Garfinkle has written widely on U.S. foreign policy and Middle Eastern subjects. Garfinkle has served as editor of The National Interest and as a staff member of the U.S. Commission on National Security/21st Century (Hart-Rudman Commission). He has taught U.S. foreign policy and Middle East politics at the University of Pennsylvania and at the School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University.

Also of note, all contributors to the book work in at least one Middle Eastern language and are intimate with the social and political cultures of the region. Contributors include Lisa Anderson, Stephen Philip Cohen, Michele Durocher Dunne, Dale F. Eickelman, Graham E. Fuller, Adam Garfinkle, F. Gregory Gause III, HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal, M. A. Muqtedar Khan, Martin Kramer, Daoud Kuttab, Ellen Laipson, Olivier Roy, William A. Rugh, Robert Satloff, and Amir Taheri.

A Practical Guide to Wining the War on Terrorism
Edited by Adam Garfinkle
ISBN: 0-8179-4542-3 $15.00 paperback
230 pages August 2004

Edited by Hoover Fellow Adam Garfinkle